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Joshua Sharpless diaries


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Joshua Sharpless (1746-1826) was born 1746, the son of Benjamin and Martha (Mendenhall) Sharpless. Sharpless married Edith Yarnall at Middletown Meeting, Pennsylvania on December 15, 1768. Sharpless had five sons and three daughters. Sharpless later removed to New Garden, Pennsylvania, where he worked towards the abolition of slave holding among Friends. In 1784, the family bought a farm in East Bradford and Westtown townships. Sharpless's first wife died in 1787, and he married Anne Trimble on May 20, 1789. The couple had a son and daughter. In 1798, Sharpless traveled to Cornplanter's village to visit younger Friends who were living there. In 1800, Sharpless and his wife became the first superintendents at Westtown School. Joshua Sharpless died on September 21, 1826.

This collection is comprised of two handwritten volumes of Joshua Sharpless's diaries. Entries describe Sharpless's travel to, and time spent in, Cornplanter's village during 1798. Also included is a single folder of related materials.

The Joshua Sharpless diaries were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College by Dr. William T. Sharpless.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
August, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Vol. 1, 1798.
Volume 1
Scope and Content note

This volume describes Sharpless's travel from his home in Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, and on to Canandaigua, New York. Includes copies of letter from government officials that Sharpless relayed to the Senecas.

Vol. 2, 1798.
Scope and Content note

This volume includes a description of Sharpless's visit to Cornplanter's village, accompanied by John Pierce and Henry Simmons. Entries focus on details of travel, interactions and meetings with the Seneca, descriptions of the village and trading.

Related materials, 1965. 1 folders.
Box 8
Scope and Content note

Typed record of reference use of the letterbook. Foldered.

Physical Description

1 folders

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